Today we checked in on Ledr’s progress with our partners at Abas Leather. A bit of history: at one time New England was the leatherwork capital of the US – particularly for shoes and more ‘precision’ leather goods, like wallets & bags. As recent as the 1980’s there were 100’s of leather shops of all kinds catering to the industry in the area. Today, most of that work has moved offshore, so we’re thrilled to be able to work with Abas on this project. They are currently really BUSY at the moment with Ledr and many other projects, with some exciting new work on their horizon… good news for both of us!
Since we LOVE production tools, one of their more interesting machines is an automated 2-axis cutting table used for optimizing the odd-shaped components of baseball gloves from an irregular leather hide profile. Interesting to watch – it scans the hide first, then in software it lays out the ideal cutter path to achieve maximum piece yield from the hide. Very little scrap is left at the end of the process, very efficient.
While automation is there to help achieve repeatable quality and reduce scrap, production leatherwork is still very much a skilled, hands-on process. Our project is a bit more manual then the larger projects they have, requiring a more traditional press die to cut out the external shape & mark the location for the button stitches. The Ledr logo embossing is partially automated, but the closure button is still sewn on by hand.
The Ledr tool roll run will be complete this week, tubes arrive on Friday, packaging & wallets will be finished early next week, shipping begins very soon – we are very much on schedule with everything!